Drum Instructor Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver

Drum line instructor Christopher Chavez, 26, was severely injured in a hit-and-run crash on Wednesday. Family members have started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover his medical expenses.

While walking to a Denny’s restaurant for some breakfast near his home, Chavez was hit by a black BMW. The female driver stopped and got out, then drove away when onlookers left to get help. One bystander got a photo of her, and police are searching for her identity.

Chavez has already had three surgeries, at least five broken bones, and a brain injury. According to his sister, his doctors say he has a 50-50 chance of survival. It is unclear if or when he may return to the drum line, but he has always loved drumming, marching all four years as a student at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, Calif. After graduating in 2008 he volunteered and was later hired on as staff. The 21-member drum line competes in the American Drum Line Association circuit.

To make a donation or read the latest updates, visit the GoFundMe page.


Photo: Chavez GoFundMe Page
Source: Orange County Register

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.